Osterweis Debate Tournament

Sunday, April 8th, 2018 at 9:00am

Yale University, New Haven

Registration is closed



Karen Koh

We are defending our title:  Ben S. and Ben Mione won Varsity last year!! The year before, Patrick and Ben S. won Novice and Jeren took First Varsity Speaker and Emily took 2nd Varsity Speaker and Westfield won First, Second, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Place Novice Speakers!!

Please NOTE

There is a limit on the number of debaters who can attend. They are only allowing three teams to be registered. We have a fourth team waitlisted. If you are waitlisted and additional slots open up, Mrs. H. will let you know. So, we will have to be flexible - we might not hear until the last minute that an extra team is in.  If you register and we can't take you, we will refund your money. 

About Osterweis

Osterweis is put on by the Yale debate team who, along with visiting college debaters from other schools,  judge the rounds and provide feedback.  In past years, we have found that the judges provide excellent critiques and insightful comments.

Novice participants will have the opportunity to learn about parliamentary procedure in the morning with a demonstration round, and then debate with a partner for three preliminary rounds, before breaking to semifinals and a final round. Varsity teams will compete in four preliminary rounds, breaking to semifinals and then finals.  

Tentative Schedule

This schedule may be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances.  Please have your debater text you with updates.


Modified form of Parliamentary Ex.

Each round will involve two teams, paired based on win-loss record. Fifteen minutes prior to each round, we will announce a resolution. Teams will be randomly assigned sides and will have 15 minutes to prepare. After four preliminary rounds, the top two teams will break to finals. 

Debates focus on issues familiar to the average student, including American and international politics, ethics, and justice. Based on our experience at this tournament, I think the best way to prepare is to read up on current events.  All the resolutions are usually very topical.


Participation and coach's fee is: $55 per student.


The Parent Coordinator will help arrange transportation for your student if needed.


Students will be given a free lunch and breakfast.


Western business attire.  Boys wear a jacket and tie; girls wear a skirt, pants or dress and a sweater or jacket.  If you are in need of any article of clothing please let Ann know so she can put out a group email.  We have been pretty good at coming up with clothing to share.